RESTON, VA — Major domestic kitchen cabinet and vanity manufacturers continued to post strong sales gains through the first five months of 2021, as demand remains at record heights and the impact of COVID-19 continues to dissipate, according to the latest in a series of monthly surveys by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.
The KCMA’s latest “Trend of Business Survey” reflected a year-to-date sales increase of 21.6% through May when compared to the same five-month period last year. Custom cabinet sales through the first five months of 2021 were up 23.5% over the same period last year, while semi-custom cabinet sales rose 21.3%, and stock cabinet sales gained 21.4%, the Reston, VA-based KCMA said, adding that overall May sales were up 32.9% compared to the same month last year.
Survey participants include stock, semi-custom and custom companies whose combined sales represent approximately 75% of the U.S. kitchen cabinet and bath vanity market, according to the KCMA.
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WASHINGTON, DC — Major domestic kitchen cabinet and vanity manufacturers continued to post strong sales gains through April of 2021, according to the latest in a series of “Trend of Business Surveys” conducted by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.
The KCMA’s latest survey reflected a year-to-date sales increase of 18.8% through April, when compared to the same four-month period last year. Custom cabinet sales for the same time span are up 22.8% over last year, while semi-custom cabinet sales rose 22.7%, and stock cabinet sales gained 15.4%, the Reston, VA-based KCMA said.
Participating cabinet manufacturers reported an increase in overall cabinet sales of 46.8% for April compared to the same month in 2020. Custom cabinet sales for the month were up 65.8%, semi-custom cabinet sales rose 49.3%, and stock cabinet sales gained 41.8%, the KCMA said.
“The numbers skew high as they reflect the recovery from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown,” a KCMA spokesman said.
Survey participants include stock, semi-custom and custom companies whose combined sales represent approximately 75% of the U.S. kitchen cabinet market, according to the KCMA.
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NEW YORK, NY — Nemo Tile + Stone has acquired Modern Stone Consulting, the leading specialists in the sourcing, project management and quality control of natural stone, the company announced. Modern Stone Consulting is active in both Europe and the United States, with consultants in New York, Boston and Carrara, Italy, a city known for its natural stone production and concentration. The company’s founders, Robert McArdle and Alvaro Torrecilla, bring over 40 years of expertise in the natural stone industry and will develop a comprehensive education program to complement the current knowledge and expertise of Nemo Tile + Stone employees to ensure a skilled and custom approach to stone project management, the firm added.
“We are thrilled to join Nemo Tile + Stone, and together, expand Nemo’s stone division in the company’s 100th year and beyond,” says McArdle. “With decades of experience in natural stone procurement, our team at Modern Stone Consulting is ready to arm Nemo Tile + Stone’s sales force with the tools to offer their customers the most competitive pricing, quality and lead times for any size project. This acquisition will diversify and modernize Nemo’s approach to stone selection and distribution.”
Modern Stone Consulting specializes in evaluating materials at quarries, assessing the quality as it is related to the budget of a project, curating alternate solutions specific to each client, and selecting factories for the work. Following the integration with Nemo Tile + Stone, Modern Stone Consulting will bring natural stone education to all sales channels, with a sharp focus on “cut to size” stone projects.
“As we continue to expand the portfolio of Nemo Tile + Stone, we have identified natural stone project management as an important segment of the design market that has been historically underserved,” says Matt Karlin, president and third-generation CEO of Nemo Tile + Stone. “Modern Stone Consulting’s comprehensive management package, as well as their connections to a large network of factories and quarries, allow us to curate an experience for our customers that exceeds what is currently offered in the industry. In turn, we can pass this benefit on to the design community, as stone projects are seamlessly made more efficient from a project’s concept to completion.”
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Europe’s kitchen retail specialist Wren Kitchens has launched its third U.S. showroom, this one located in Levittown, NY, bringing its total number of branches to 108 across the U.S. and the U.K.
The kitchen remodeler opened the biggest ever kitchen showroom in Milford, CT last November and its expansion plans will continue with the opening of showrooms in Selden, NY and Lawrenceville, NJ in the coming months.
The brand-new Levittown showroom at 2993 Hempstead Turnpike has created a significant jobs boost to the local area, with 30 new roles in retail. In addition to this, it’s created a further 30 jobs across manufacturing and logistics at its state-of-the-art headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where all Wren kitchens are made to order for its U.S. customers.
All under one roof, the new 19,500-sq.-ft. showroom has 61 full-sized kitchens on display, as well as various cabinet styles, colors, appliances, storage solutions, countertops, sinks, faucets, accessories and much more.
“The state-of-the-art showroom is a one-stop shop for everything that kitchen remodelers need to transform their kitchen space,” notes James Langdon, Wren Kitchens Levittown design manager. “We pride ourselves in offering quality luxury kitchens at affordable prices, and all of our kitchens are designed and made by us in the USA.”
At the heart of the showroom are two virtual reality studios where customers can use VR headsets to view their kitchen in 3D. It also encompasses two dedicated interior design suites that are free to use for local designers and architects to work with clients. Sessions can be booked by calling or visiting the showroom.
There are 16 design desks where customers work with expert designers to create their dream kitchen. They have L-shaped sofas and a large screen for customers to watch their dream kitchens come to life in 3D.
A child-safe kitchen is on display at the showroom, and it features design tips to keep children safe, such as door safety catches and locks, appliances located out of reach, cool-to-touch induction hobs and storage ideas for cleaning products.
Wren has invested $15.4 million in its 252,000-sq.-ft. facility in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and is transforming its onsite headquarters to provide support for showrooms across the East coast. Wren has also invested in its own fleet of trucks for delivery across the country.
All of Wren’s showrooms are pet and child friendly with play zones, baby changing facilities, a stroller park and a relaxing coffee area.
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